Originally Posted by rosech
Maybe for some of us the love and excitement is because we are just starting. I once sent emails to enquire on cake prices to cakers in my city just to have an idea how much they are charging. They are not willing to tell. Most of them asked me to go over and discuss. I on the other hand reply to every email and give all the information wanted. For wedding cakes, things have been very slow. I wonder if there is an advantage to talking to someone directly. Say stuff to entice potential customer over coffee and cake. (At least one of the emails I received from a caker said so.) Then again I think of wasting all that time and resources and still not get what I will be looking for. I am also torn between exhbiting in an upcoming mid July event or not to. Thinking of the pressure whilst coping with work, birthday cakes and preps for two wedding cakes, mid August and early September. What to do, what to do.
It's definitely better to talk to someone because you can answer their questions, but I'd do it over the phone. If I tried to get everyone who called or emailed to come in for a meeting I'd never have time to do anything else. Between May and June this year I have about 35 wedding cakes plus more grooms' and other smaller cakes scheduled, so I could barely find a weekend to do tastings. And that's a light year, things have been slower this year around here too.
If someone asked me how much I was charging I'd have a hard time saying, because I can give a general range but unless I know what they want in terms of cake size and design I can't give a firm price.